I am very happy for Connor. It has always been his aspiration to play professional hockey. I can tell you that he has truly earned and deserves this award. Even as a child his dedication to the sport was unwavering. And I know that he always made sacrifices, selfless sacrifices, to be the best possible goal tender he could be. Growing up, with two boys playing hockey, it wasn't always easy to afford all the gear. Most of the time, the boys wore used equipment. And often long after they had outgrown it. But they loved the game, so those were irrelevant concerns to them. Just as long as they could continue to play. One time when Connor was only 4 yrs old I went to check on him in his room because he was so quiet. I found him practicing goalie saves in front of the mirror . Red Wing Saves he had just watched the night before with his father. Hockey is in his blood. They always say, "do what you love". I think it brings great joy as a parent when your children can do what they love. That is true success. As a mum, I always had a feeling that he would accomplish great things to whatever he set his mind to. great day indeed. Great day!